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Anthrax - Worship Music

Ron Shark   (229 reviews)

Posted: 09/13/2011 | Comments: 14 | Rate:

I didn’t realize that it has been 8 years since Anthrax’s last album, We’ve Come for You All. A LOT has changed for the band since then. Ever the string of hardships, bad luck, etc, they dealt with a lot. They did an album Greater of Two Evils with John Bush singing early Anthrax songs, seemingly putting his stamp on the classics. After that they reunited with the Among the Living lineup and toured. John Bush was out of the picture, or so it seemed. We all though the band would go forward with the classic lineup and make a new album, but Belladonna felt differently. John Bush didn’t want to come back, so they went forward with a new guy named Dan Nelson. He did some shows with them and even started to record. Strangely he was booted from the band on what he called lies. Anthrax then did some shows with John Bush. Scott Ian said in interviews that he was the best singer for the band. John Bush isn’t back and then all of a sudden Belladonna is on board for the new album. It’s a very strange road indeed.

The band has been a favorite of mine since I was very young. Among the Living is one of my most listened to albums. I always get excited when new Anthrax music comes out. We’ve Come for You All was the best album they had released since Sound of White Noise, so I was hopeful for a continuation of that sound. I was also hopeful with Belladonna back on board, the Big 4 touring together, and metal reaching new popularities that they would infuse more of their early thrash sounds again.

After a boring intro that reminds us of the album’s title, Earth on Hell kicks off blasting like mad. Belladonna’s voice is great, the music is heavy, and the energy is high. My excitement for Anthrax is seemingly more than renewed. Unfortunately, the excitement didn’t stay for too long after the initial listen. As the 13 tracks trudge on, my excitement waned. More and more listens allowed me to completely digest the album.

I listened to it 4 times through; each time had some different feelings. The feelings that stayed the same were that the album is VERY repetitive and a lot of it sounds like commercial hard rock. Seriously, when The Constant comes on I expected to hear Belladonna yell Click! Click! Boom! Earth on Hell and Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t are the 2 high points for the album and they come early and they left me wishing the rest of the album was as high energy and as hard hitting. Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t is the closest they come to their “heyday” as parts of if definitely sound like Persistence of Time. The rest of it just left me hoping for more. I also couldn’t shake the feeling that a good portion of this was written with John Bush’s voice in mind. That’s all very possible considering it’s been 8 years.

I keep listening and I keep finding things I like more, but I also keep thinking that a bunch of songs would fit in too nicely with modern mainstream hard rock. I’m sure a lot of people will praise this album to no end and claim it’s a true return to form, but to me it’s just an average Anthrax release sprinkled a lot of moments of excellence. As I said, only Earth on Hell and Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t are great songs start to finish. The most exciting part of the whole album is Charlie’s always underrated drumming. One thing that I have to mention that I will never like is the hidden track. I can’t believe they actually recorded a cover of the Refused song New Noise. Nothing about the cover is good. Joey’s voice is not suited for that style. It lacks the energy of the original song and a band like Anthrax covering the song is just weird to me.

That’s not to say this album is complete garbage. It’s definitely better than Stomp 442 and Vol. 8. I can’t really say it’s better than We’ve Come for You All, but maybe right on par or just below it. It’s also possible that I allowed myself to get too excited that one of my all time favorite bands may go back to their classic sound I adore so much. With most older metal bands, I sho

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Comments
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
The Refused cover is so weird.

The rest of the record is decent though. Better than I expected.
TIGHTDICKPLAYA
24,550 Posts
42/M/PA
it definitely was better than i thought i'd it would be.

but it wasn't as good as they were hyping it up to be. it seems like belladonna is just there doing vocals and not a full member of the band. they're kind of playing on the novelty of having 4/5's of the "classic" line up together again.

but hey, at least it's better than metallica's new stuff.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
I actually really liked Death Magnetic. Haha.
TIGHTDICKPLAYA
24,550 Posts
42/M/PA
i think i just fell out of love with you.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
What if I were to say that I'm currently listening to Sam Black Church?
I brought gifts
17,719 Posts
33/M/MD
excited to get my hands on this
TIGHTDICKPLAYA
24,550 Posts
42/M/PA
Originally posted by: Maryland Matt

What if I were to say that I'm currently listening to Sam Black Church?



okay, i might make an exception.
Old Head
37,495 Posts
61/M/NA
Need to check out, but disappointed to hear this review.

Rick, remember how they acted like stuck up pricks when I tried getting you in for that autograph? My opinion of them changed after opening for them. Hope they pull their heads out of their asses and get back to good music but Im not holding my breath.
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
Am I the only one that thinks this album stinks? 2 good songs and the rest can be thrown away. I haven't heard the Refused cover but I'm thankful for that.
I have no legs!
27,231 Posts
8/M/PA
Originally posted by: XWHISKEYX

Need to check out, but disappointed to hear this review.

Rick, remember how they acted like stuck up pricks when I tried getting you in for that autograph? My opinion of them changed after opening for them. Hope they pull their heads out of their asses and get back to good music but Im not holding my breath.



They were complete dickbags that night. Trying to make me buy an album just to meet them. The dickhead tour manager had nothing to say when I replied "what if I said I bought it on day of release like I've done with every album since Persistence of Time? This album is almost a year old, I'm not buying another copy just to meet one of the guys that made me want to play drums." I get meet and greets can suck, but they're not forced to do them. My opinion also changed.


Originally posted by: WREN

Am I the only one that thinks this album stinks? 2 good songs and the rest can be thrown away. I haven't heard the Refused cover but I'm thankful for that.



I'm pretty much leaning towards that. 2 good songs the ones I mentioned? I like certain parts of songs, but really only 2 whole songs. The entire album is so repetitive. You would think they would have more riff ideas during these last 8 years.
I have no legs!
27,231 Posts
8/M/PA
Originally posted by: Maryland Matt

I actually really liked Death Magnetic. Haha.




Death Magnetic is better than this album IMO. Well, it really would be if it had a better recording.
I have no legs!
27,231 Posts
8/M/PA
Originally posted by: Come Original
like 311, Incubus and Pepper.



Old Head
37,495 Posts
61/M/NA
I actually liked death magnetic too. Most of the heavier bands (even slayer just a little) arent writing as aggressively as they used to. I can understand the whole progression type mindset but it sucks when you want one thing and get another.
I brought gifts
17,719 Posts
33/M/MD
i've only listened to it about 3/4 through, but so far it is pretty underwhelming

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